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Black Woman With Healthy Hair

 

Black Hair Needs Moisture and TLC

Has finding the right African-American hair product been difficult?  It doesn’t have to be.  If you know the texture of your hair and how to make it more manageable, it’s actually pretty easy.

Bristle brushes should never be used on curly or tightly coiled hair or you’ll end up breaking the hair shaft – not a good idea.  A wide-tooth comb or better yet, your fingers will make a better tool for combing through your Type 4 hair. Work from the ends of your hair to the scalp, when combing through tangles.  This will make it much easier and less painful when it comes to detangling your curly natural hair.  And maybe more importantly it will prevent your hair from breakage.

Does your hair tend to knot and tangle up?  If so, it’s a good idea to find a good natural African-American hair product that is designed to detangle natural kinky curly hair before combing.  A product like a water based hair lotion or hair butter works great.  Can’t afford one?  The best natural black hair care product you can use to moisturize your hair is … you guessed it . . . water!

Oil, Water and Natural Hair – Can you mix them?

It’s been said that oil and water don’t mix but if you add a little oil to your moistened hair, it will make the comb through a lot easier.

Wet your hair, and then apply an oil-based moisture sealant to keep the water in your hair.  I personally use jojoba or olive oil based moisture sealants.  They seal the moisture in without leaving my hair greasy and heavy.

Water leaves natural hair soft, allowing your products to work their way down your hair shaft, instead of pooling or settling near your scalp.  It allows the product to spread around more, protecting your hair from damage and continuous breakage.

If you’re the “wash-and-wear” type, dampen your hair before you apply any natural black hair care products to it. Use your fingers to comb and massage any products into your hair instead of using a comb.  Using your fingers also helps train your hair to do what you want it to do.

How often should you wash African-American Hair?

Depending on the type of shampoo you’re using, you should most likely shampoo at least once a week. You’ll want to wash your hair once a week, not only to keep it clean but, also to keep your hair moisturized. Wetting down your hair in-between shampoos will help moisturize it and help to keep it from drying out.

Certain shampoos contain dimethicone.  Just in case you’re not familiar with the “cones”, they are silicone based oils, dimethicone, simethicone and cyclomethicone. Some say that they’re bad for your hair, while others sing their praises. You’ll have to make your own decision on this one.

These “cones” which are usually found in African-American hair products, is what makes your hair look shiny and keeps it from having that dull lack luster appearance.  For those of you that add heat to your hair, they help protect it from heat damage.  The down side, they keep the water out and this dries your hair out.

I’m definitely for the natural side of things but not everyone is going to go that route, or can afford to.  So do what works best for you.

Protecting your hair doesn’t end when your day ends.  Bedtime protection is just as important when it comes to black hair styles.  Covering your hair with a silk or satin scarf before you go to bed, will keep it from breaking while you sleep.  It will also save time in the morning – and who doesn’t want a few extra minutes of beauty rest?

Want a little more hair styling inspiration? Check out these black hair styles from the North American Hairdressers Awards!

Juliette Samuels Black Hair Products Expert

Author’s Bio

Juliette Samuel is a person who definitely knows great African-American hair products when she sees them. Juliette has had a very eclectic career working in and around the beauty industry. She has worked as an instructor at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She has also been a Professional Image Consultant.

Currently Juliette works as a Skin Care Therapist, acting President for NYRAJU Skin Care. As such she is in charge of formulation and development of all products – skin, hair and body – for the line.

Juliette is also a member of NAHA-The National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy, The Society of Cosmetic Chemist and is the Fragrance Editor for BellaOnline.





1 Comment »

  1. Thnx for all the tips, are really useful, I try to take care of my hair and sometimes I straighten it with my Karmin G3 Salon Pro which leave my hair soft, shiny and very straight, but I use a good heat protector to avoid any damage.

    Comment by mary — August 26, 2011 @ 11:27 am

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